“Holding that bird and seeing her so calmly was absolutely beautiful.”
The outfit of choice for Dandon Miller is a red and black flannel. He’s owned the shirt for eight years and wears it constantly, but he never imagined that one day it might be useful in saving someone’s life.
Miller was traveling from Philadelphia to his house on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend when the traffic in front of him slowed down. Miller parked his motorcycle off to the side of the two-way street and was startled to discover the reason for the gridlock.
Miller told The Dodo, “I looked down to see why everyone was stopping and there was a bald eagle in the center of the road.” Another person was present, and they gave her a gentle prod to see if she would fly off the road or stroll off the road. She fanned out her wings and decided not to move.
Miller, a fervent supporter of animals, understood that he had to assist the hurt bird in escaping danger.
Miller removed his favorite flannel and covered the enormous animal with it even though she was unable to fly due to her injuries. Miller enveloped her in the shirt, surprised that the eagle remained calm.
She was extremely peaceful when I picked her up, Miller reported. She became a little agitated when people began asking to take pictures, but we were able to regulate that.
Miller first phoned 911 and then contacted Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, a nearby facility for rehabilitating wild birds, after moving the eagle out of the way. While awaiting the arrival of rescue personnel, Miller held the 15-pound bird for nearly 45 minutes. But it appeared as though time was flying by.
When I was holding her, I wasn’t really thinking about it, Miller admitted. “I wasn’t going to drop her or anything; I was just trying to keep her quiet and make sure she knows she’s secure.”
Miller continued, “It was absolutely fantastic to handle the bird and for her to be calm like that.” Simply wonderful
The rescue is optimistic that the bald eagle will finally be able to be reintroduced into the wild after a few days of treatment.
She suffered soft tissue injuries and a little eye injury, but no broken bones, according to Rebecca Stansell of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, who spoke to The Dodo. “While the eagle was asleep, our wildlife veterinarian attended to her wounds. Although anything can happen, we are confident that she will recover fully.
Miller’s preferred flannel has undoubtedly seen better days.
Although the shirt now has a few noticeable talon holes, Miller knows it was done for the best reason and he will wear it again without a doubt.